We recently used nori in our Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowl with Avocado Rice recipe. It’s mixed into the avocado rice for some extra flair and nutrients, but we realize it’s an ingredient many of you may be unfamiliar with. Our goal here is always to make healthy as accessible as possible, so we figured it’s our delightful duty to answer the question, What is nori?
what is nori?
Nori is compressed seaweed. Kind of amazing, right? The seaweed is compressed into a paper-thin sheet and toasted. Nori is the same stuff you have wrapped into your sushi rolls, wrapped around a handroll, and occasionally floating in your miso soup.
Because of it’s paper-like texture, your best bet is to use scissors to cut it. It’s pretty sturdy and thin so a knife won’t really do the trick. You can also tear nori with your hands if you’re looking for larger pieces and precision isn’t the priority.
why we love it
Let us count the ways.
Nori has a ton of great nutrients in it so it’s the perfect addition to make healthy happen in your meal. It’s often used in plant-based diets because it replenishes missing B vitamins for those who don’t eat animal proteins. It’s low-calorie and toasted, giving a nutty flavor to whatever you add it to. It’s just nice!
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Actually, a whole range of B Vitamins
- Lots o’ fiber
- Deliciousness (a nutrient for the soul, of course)
where to find nori
Rest assured we’re not going to leave you wandering around the grocery store in pursuit of nori, guys. If you haven’t shopped for it before, know that there’s typically no need to go to a specialty market. Most grocery stores have nori available in their Asian Foods aisle. It should be an easy find, but you can always ask a store associate for help if you need it.
So that’s it. Can’t wait to hear how you use it!